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Hospitality business school expands campus – and prospects

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The world’s oldest hospitality school, EHL Hospitality Business School in Lausanne, has unveiled a huge new campus at a cost of 250 million francs ($254 million). The move comes as the school seeks to bolster its international reputation.

This content was published on July 17, 2022 – 10:30

Celine Stegmuller

The inauguration on July 8 took place in the presence of Swiss President Ignazio Cassis, who praised the role of ambassador of the hotel school.

“We are known around the world for our tourism industry, our hospitality and our mountains. Asian and African countries want to acquire this knowledge. So they ask us, ‘How can we start a tourism industry? How can we train people? as he explained in the Swiss public television RTS report above.

Covering 80,000 m2, the renovated and eco-friendly campus offers new swimming and sports facilities, as well as more accommodation and food outlets. It took five years to build and can accommodate over 3,000 students, an additional 600 people. The key to its development has been the contribution of students.

“Many are surprised to learn that the new infrastructure on campus is mainly focused on living spaces and not on classrooms as such. Yet, at EHL, our pedagogical approach is applicable to both the inside and outside the classroom.” saidExternal link Michel Rochat, CEO of the EHL Group, which manages the school, about the new facilities. The development of soft skills is very important, he added.

Name change

EHL was founded in 1893 as Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, but officially changed its name to EHL Hospitality Business School in January 2022. the school saidExternal link that the change underscored the managerial nature of various hospitality professions, as well as confirmed its “academic status and international footprint”.

EHL already attracts students from more than 120 nations. International students can expect payExternal link approximately CHF 170,000 in tuition and fees for a four-year Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management.

In April this year, EHL was named the best global institution for hospitality and leisure management in the 2022 QS RankingsExternal link, for the fourth consecutive time. Swiss institutions made up the majority of this ranking, reflecting the country’s strong tradition in the field.

Overall, the hospitality industry in Switzerland has had a difficult time lately due to the coronavirus pandemic and the lack of staff and trainees in certain sectors.